The Green Lake School District will hold a primary election Tuesday, Feb. 16, because of the growing number of new School Board candidates.

Five citizens are running for just two seats.

Town of Brooklyn resident Sydney Rouse officially entered the race Monday.

Rouse joined newcomers Dr. James Williams, Richard Mrazik and Celest King, along with incumbent Gordy Farrell, who is seeking a second term.

The other incumbent whose term will expire this spring is Jodine Deppisch, but she is not running again.

The Feb. 16 primary will narrow the candidates to four, and then the election Tuesday, April 6 will name the two winners.

This marks the second-straight year that the Green Lake School District will need a primary for the School Board race. Before last year, the district had not needed a primary for several years.

The primary will be held the same day as the Green Lake School District’s multi-million-dollar operations referendum.

It will ask voters for approval to exceed the state revenue cap by $775,000 in 2010-11, $1.115 million in 2011-12 and then $1.38 million the following year and every year thereafter.

In the city of Green Lake, District 1 Ald. Robin Wallenfang is running for re-election, City Hall officials reported. Charles Anderson has filed to run against Wallenfang.

In District 2, newcomer Don Carpenter is currently running unopposed, with Dan Priske not seeking re-election.

Meanwhile, District 3 Ald. Donna Moore is running unopposed. Read the full story in the Jan. 7 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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